Power Authority begins removing ice boom

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Warm temperatures have melted down the ice to a level which it is safe to remove the ice boom at.

The New York Power Authority said it would begin removing parts of the boom Monday — nine days earlier than last year. Boats started addressing the boom Monday afternoon.

A Saturday, April 18, look at how much ice remained on the lake.
A Saturday, April 18, look at how much ice remained on the lake.

The boom is installed each year to help keep stable ice cover for the Niagara River to flow under. The goal is a steady production of hydro-electric power.

When the lake is below 250 square miles of ice cover, the Power Authority begins looking at removal. Monday’s start date is 13 days short of the all time removal record, which was May 3 of 1971.

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